What’s Your Niche: Mineral Photography

April 1, 2014

By David Walker

© Jeff Scovil

An amethyst (purple quartz) from the Stan Esbenshade collection. On the far side of the glass plate, Jeff Scovil hung a black background, and placed a 30-degree spot grid over the light behind a scrim to create the natural halo.

Photographer Jeff Scovil of Phoenix travels 230 days per year around the U.S. and Europe to photograph crystal specimens for mineral dealers, private collectors, museums, scientists and publishers. He’s the author of Photographing Minerals, Fossils, and Lapidary Materials (Mountain Press Publishing Co, 1996), and is a long-time contributor to The Mineralogical Record and Rocks & Minerals magazines. 
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